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Following the successful roll out of VitalPAC, which uses mobile devices to record patient observations, such as blood pressure and temperature, our IT project team is busy working on the next step – Careflow.

Careflow is a sophisticated piece of communications software, based on social media technology, and is designed for the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT). It is part of the Trust’s strategy to become paperless and provides several different functions, helping to manage patient lists, tasks and handovers.

Importantly, it offers an automatic alerting system for the more vulnerable patients; this uses a patient’s observations to detect deterioration, including sepsis and acute kidney injury, and sends an automatic alert message to the MDT.

Clinical Nurse Lead for the project, Carol Jones, said: ‘Careflow is a great step forward. Relying on paper notes has obvious limitations, not least that they are only accessible to the person in front of them and are instantly out of date. Careflow means patient information can be shared securely with the whole clinical team - wherever they are in the hospital – and can be updated in real time.’

Careflow is currently being used by the Trauma and Orthopaedics and Colorectal teams; it will be rolled out more widely over the coming months.

Carol adds: ‘Getting the functionality right and ensuring it works well for our staff on the ground has been a learning curve but we are getting there now. When it’s up and running across the whole organisation it will really change the way we work for the better.’

The roll-out of Careflow coincides with an upgrade to the Trust’s Wi-Fi network, which will mean a more consistent connection for mobile devices.